We love Bob & Barbara’s, that classic Philadelphia dive bar at 1509 South Street. Bob & Barbara’s is the originator and home of the Pabst Blue Ribbon and Jim Beam “Special,” the city’s longest running drag show, a kickass karaoke night, and a diverse clientele ranging from neighborhood oldheads to bike messengers to gentrifiers to Wharton students (ugh) and everyone in between. But is Bob & Barbara’s the most iconic bar in the entire state of Pennsylvania? Read more »
The 2015 James Beard Award Finalists were announced this morning. Philadelphia area chefs Marc Vetri, Joe Cicala (Le Virtu), Rich Landau (Vedge), Greg Vernick (Vernick Food + Drink) and Alex Bois (High Street on Market) all moved onto the final in their respective categories.
Vetri is a finalist for Outstanding Chef. He is joined in the category by Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC; Sean Brock, Husk, Charleston, SC; and Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles.
Today at noon, the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its 2015 Restaurant and Chef Awards.
Abe Fisher and Townsend were Best New Restaurant nominees. Michael Solomonov and Marc Vetri got nods for Outstanding Chef and Ellen Yin’s new restaurant group received three nominations. Fork was nominated for Outstanding Restaurant and Alex Bois (High Street on Market) and Jon Nodler (a.kitchen) received rising stars nominations.
Serious Eats wasn’t very impressed with the state of Philadelphia’s cheesesteak scene but is a big fan of our roast pork sandwiches. Features Editor Niki Achitoff-Gray tried 14 of them recently and came up with her best six.
It’s a pretty good list, we just wish it were easier to find ANY roast pork sandwich after nightfall.
Ardmore has become a beer geeks destination with the rise of Tired Hands Brewing. The tiny brewery was just named to First We Feast’s 12 Bucket-List Breweries That Every Beer Lover Should Visit. The Main Line town has some other things happening as well. The eleventh Iron Hill Brewery location, grandly opened on Sunday at 44 Greenfield Avenue, just a block from Tired Hands. And speaking of Tired Hands, the brewery continues to make progress on its second Ardmore location. The larger location’s brewhouse was just delivered yesterday and the brewery will open in the first half of 2015.
The Saint James is closing. The much ballyhooed restaurant from Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500º) and Michael Schulson (Sampan, Izakaya) opened in 2012 but was slammed by critics. Schulson left the partnership earlier this year and Wasserman will close the restaurant on December 30th. Michael Klein reports that the space will undergo six weeks of renovations before producing what Wasserman says will be a “‘very family-friendly'” restaurant.
We know Food & Wine is already a big fan of Eli Kulp, having named him Best New Chef back in April. Now they’ve named Fork’s pastry chef, Samantha Kincaid as one of the Best New Pastry Chefs in America. Kincaid was one of five named by the magazine.
Congrats to Kincaid and the entire Fork team.
Best New Pastry Chefs in America [Food & Wine]
The “culinary storytelling website Life & Thyme has a video about Rival Bros. Coffee founders Jonathan Adams and Damien Pileggi and how they got from high school friends till today.
Pizzeria Stella’s meatballs are created from a mix of pork, veal and beef, ricotta, bread and fresh herbs. Roasted in Stella’s wood-fired oven, these little guys are then finished in a simple sauce of San Marzano tomatoes and olive oil.
Zahav’s meatballs are made with equal parts beef and lamb, then cooked over charcoal. But as T&L puts it, the touches that really make them pop is sugar for a hint of sweetness.
Well done, Philly.
Best Meatballs in America [Travel + Leisure]
Times of London restaurant critic Giles Coren was in Philadelphia this spring filming his TV show Million Dollar Critic for Canada’s WNetwork. The show visited five Philadelphia restaurants in order for Coren to bestow one of them with his million dollar recommendation (because the review could be worth more than a million dollars in business).
Kanella is the sort of place I wish I could review every week: a buzzing local taverna on a lively city corner, people of all ages and ethnicities sitting at outside tables, simply decorated inside, full of laughter, friends and family, and charming staff serving a cuisine rooted deeply in a foreign culture rather than just ripping it off, with a deadly serious chef at the helm.
Seventeen medals, including seven gold were brought home by local brewers this weekend from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Earth Bread + Brewery, Fegley’s Brew Works, Flying Fish, Sly Fox, Tröegs and Victory each were among the gold medal winners. Also a winner in its first year of existence, Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery.
Iron Hill also had a strong showing with three medals including two from its Media, PA location.